readings: 2006-2007

Here is a list of my 2007 Readings. Click on a cover to see a posting associated with that book.

Tom Bedlam [***1/2]

Mr. Pip [****1/2]

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont [***1/2]

The Dark Room [****]

The History of Love [****]

The Time Traveler’s Wife [**1/2]

The Sisters Mortland [**]

Wilderness Tips [in progress]

The Reader [****]

The Eyre Affair [*1/2]

Maisie Dobbs [****]

Pentecost [*****] (post on Act One here – post on Act Two here).

And Only to Deceive [****]

Kalooki Nights [**1/2]

A Great and Terrible Beauty [***1/2]

The Act of Roger Murgatroyd: An Entertainment [****]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [*****]

Runaway [**1/2]

Vinyl Cafe Diaries [****]

The Observations [***1/2]

The Penny Tree [**]

The Blackest Bird [**]

Gentlemen and Players [***1/2]

The Deception of the Emerald Ring [***]

The Masque of the Black Tulip [***]

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation [***]

The First Casualty [***]

Murder at Madingley Grange [***]

Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje [***]

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [*****]

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate [**1/2]

Norwegian Wood [***]

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery [in progress]

Dress Your Family in Corduory and Denim by David Sedaris [in progress]

What is the What What is the What by Dave Eggers [*****]

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen [**]

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris [*****]

Here is a list of my 2006 Readings.

Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates by Sean Cullen

A cute little YA novel. Aggravated to my footnotes in fiction pet peeve – though I must admit some of them were quite silly and even more enjoyable than the actual plot.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisa Pessl

At first I found it a bit too smart for it’s own good, but it certainly grew on me, and by the end, I couldn’t put it down. I had my suspicions about the ending (though it was a little bit more involved than my whodunit explanation, but I had the main figures the right places). Even still, I had the urge to start re-reading immediately – that’s always a good sign.

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

The Tavern on Maple Street by Sharon Owens

The Birth House by Ami McKay

Something about this novel struck me as familiar too. The old strain of a young woman falling in love with the obviously wrong man when the right one is right there and all the suffering that goes along with that. And yet, I did really love it by the time I was finished.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

I have a love-hate relationship with Margaret Atwood. I read The Edible Woman (hate). Then Cat’s Eye (love). Then The Handmaid’s Tale (shudder). Then Alias Grace (brilliant!). I was concerned after The Blind Assassin (iffy) and I didn’t bother with the speculative Oryx and Crake because of my memories of The Handmaid’s Tale. But then came this little gem. The re-visiting, no, the interrogation of myth and history were so slyly handled.

The Perfect Elizabeth by Libby Schmais

If you’re in the mood for Austen, just read Austen. Note to self: Don’t allow self to be mislead by book cover blurbs. I worked in publishing for goodness sakes. I should know better.

The Picture She Took by Fiona Shaw

I must admit I got off to a slow start with this one. For the first 50 so pages, I felt as if I had read it before. But I gave it a chance and became more engrossed as the story went on. Not one of the great recent WWI novels, but it does have its moments.

The Sweetest Thing by Fiona Shaw

Surprising – that’s what I’d have to say about this book. Different and much more than I expected.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diana Setterfield

A good story. And I mean that in a nice way. Too many people forgot the value of a good story. And I did love the moment when the doctor offers her a diagnosis based on her reading habits.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Intense and intimate – even brutually so – but also transcendent because of those same qualities.

*Note: I did read more than this last year, but this is all since I started the blog and anything read before that has faded into the fog of books past. Perhaps that says something about the books or perhaps it says something about the need for something like this blog to actually keep track of what I’ve been reading.


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